The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Tracks receive a significant financial payout from NASCAR’s television contract, but that revenue has stopped without racing.Both NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Parma has become the second club in Italy’s top soccer division to announce cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The medical commission has also recommended that when clubs resume training they do so in training camps with limited access and with strict screening protocols.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “we are working without rushing, but without stopping so we will be ready when the relevant institutions give us the go-ahead.”___Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown.Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed. The 1992 Olympics were the first that featured NBA players, and the Americans stormed to the gold medal. They won by an average of 44 points per game and were credited with jump-starting basketball’s global growth. The team was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.Full game replays will stream at Olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. First up is the Americans’ victory over Angola on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT.___Italian soccer will likely resume with the Serie A before the two lower divisions.The Italian soccer federation met with its medical commission and says it could consider a staggered start “with priority to Serie A.” Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.”The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. The club says its first-team players, coaching staff and the sporting director have unanimously agreed to take a salary cut amounting to a month’s wages.Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed in March to forgo four months worth of salary.___With no NBA games to watch during the sports shutdown, the Dream Team’s historic romp through Barcelona will be rebroadcast in its entirety.The Olympic Channel will begin weekly streaming of the U.S. basketball team’s victories in the 1992 Olympics, when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the team. April 15, 2020 The Latest: Italian soccer club Parma announces cost-cutting
Robbie Keane will be one of those monitored at training this morning , the striker is a slight concern with a groin injury.Manager Martin O’Neill has insisted that he won’t be rushed into finalising his team for the game, with key selection decisions yet to be made on the composition of his midfield and forward line.
1 Divock Origi in action for Lille Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the club have held talks with Lille about the possibility of ending Divock Origi’s loan spell.The 19-year-old will join the Reds next summer, having agreed a deal during the 2014 World Cup in the Brazil but, as part of the deal, the Belgian forward remained at the Ligue 1 side for this campaign.Rodgers’ side have struggled up front this season, following the departure of Luis Suarez, and a number of injuries to star striker Daniel Sturridge.Reports had suggested the Northern Irishman could return for Origi, but the Anfield chief has distanced the club from a move, which could cost them as much as £10million to end the loan spell early.“He is a player who will definitely be here next summer but whether he will be here in January….there has been some discussion but there is nothing to report on it,” said Rodgers.“The agreement was with Lille for him to stay there so we will see how that works, but if not we have the players here who are developing and we will go with what we have got.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott can enjoy the “golden age” of his career as a fully fledged striker if the forward agrees to stay at the Emirates Stadium.The England forward, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, has endured another injury-hit campaign for the Gunners and has been linked with a move away from the club, with Liverpool reportedly registering an interest.But having returned to full fitness Wenger believes the 26-year-old, who has long been likened to Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry, is finally ready to emulate the Frenchman by becoming a full-time frontman.“He can be transformed,” Wenger said.“Being 26 to 32 as a striker is the best age as a striker and I wouldn’t like to miss that golden age. He is naturally gifted to play in this position.“I work with him in both situations, as a striker and as a wide player. But the quality of the runs is so fantastic with the pace he has.“When he was younger he was rushing his finishing but he is a good finisher now.” Arsenal forward Theo Walcott 1